Deputy Director – Health & Welfare

East Bay Community Law Center

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School, and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters. With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With about 75 staff, 100 law students a year, and a nearly $10 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 4,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.


The Opportunity


EBCLC is excited to recruit a Deputy Program Director to help lead the Health and Welfare Program. The Deputy Program Director will build and oversee policy advocacy focused on health equity and racial justice. Their work aligns with EBCLC’s core values that community well-being lives at the intersection of race and gender and trans people of all genders and non-binary people are central to collective liberation. The Deputy Program Director will also provide direct legal services to clients, teach law students, and supervise the Health and Welfare Program Coordinator. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of building community power and working in coalition with clients and community-based organizations to achieve systemic change at the local and/or statewide level.


The Health and Welfare Program provides critical legal services to Alameda County residents who are at risk of poor health outcomes due to racism, poverty, unsafe living conditions, homelessness, inadequate health care coverage, and other destabilizing social conditions. The Health and Welfare team provides holistic legal services to clients referred through several long-standing medical-legal and community partnerships. The program takes a holistic approach to helping clients obtain safety, stability, critical care, and income, with a focus on appeals of denied or terminated disability and other public benefit programs, as well as post-entitlement public benefit appeals.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as a thought partner and collaborator for the Health & Welfare Program Director on the vision, planning, and implementation of the team’s work within the context of EBCLC’s larger racial justice mission.
  • Lead the team’s policy advocacy in alignment with EBCLC’s Women of Color-Centered Platform, including building a strategic plan, as well as supervising staff and students on implementation of the work;
  • Represent clients who come to EBCLC through its medical-legal partnerships with East Bay hospitals and other community partnerships on public benefits issues including, denied, terminated, or reduced public income and health benefits (SSI, SSDI, SDI, CAPI, General Assistance, Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, In-Home Supportive Services).
  • Supervise the Program Coordinator in providing support with intake systems and community outreach.
  • Teach, supervise, and mentor law students enrolled in the Health and Welfare Clinic at Berkeley Law, including helping to design the curriculum, providing highly interactive legal and skills training, and co-facilitating weekly individual and group supervision meetings.
  • In collaboration with the team, provide technical assistance and support to Berkeley Law Student-Initiated Legal Projects (SLPS), such as the Name and Gender Change Workshop.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development to improve client services and student supervision.
  • Serve on EBCLC’s management team, providing input and support for the broader organization.
  • Work with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Development team to attract financial support for the Health & Welfare Program, oversee grants management, track deliverables, and provide general administrative oversight.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Health and Welfare Program Director.


Minimum Qualifications

  • JD required;
  • Member of California Bar in good standing;
  • 3 years’ experience engaging in policy advocacy at the local and/or state level;
  • 1 year’s experience providing staff supervision;
  • Strong interest in law student supervision and clinical teaching;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, and disability justice, serving LGBTQ+ communities, and people living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Experience providing client-centered direct legal services;
  • Excellent time management, priority-setting, and organizational skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills; and
  • Ability to partner and work effectively with a diverse range of people, including but not limited to clients, law students, service providers, medical partner staff, school staff, judges and other government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty.


Workplace Expectations


EBCLC is a hybrid workplace. The Deputy Program Director will need to attend in-person EBCLC seminars, and client appointments, and/or engage in in-person fieldwork to support our policy work, clients, and clinical students. Your supervisor will review EBCLC’s Office Use Protocol with you, which outlines the safety protocols employees are expected to follow when using the office.


Salary and Benefits


The starting salary for this exempt position is $92,000-$103,000, based on law school graduation date, as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale.


Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.



Working at EBCLC


EBCLC is a unionized workplace and members of the bargaining unit are represented by the Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20, IFPTE. This position is part of the bargaining unit.


EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position.


Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.


To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications, and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace where differences are acknowledged and valued.  In your cover letter, please address how your personal background and experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.


We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal legal system, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Application Process


Interested applicants should submit an application by visiting—HealthThe position will remain open until filled. Priority application deadline: July 12, 2024.


A complete application must include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references. Please submit your complete application as one single PDF file by uploading it under “Upload Your Resume.”


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